I Hearts Cooking Clubs, Mark Bittman Edition: Pantry Raid


It's the second week of Mark Bittman and I'm still here and still cooking from How to Cook Everything.

On the advice of several other bloggers, I did look into borrowing the libraries copy of Kitchen Express. It is now sitting on my living room couch, waiting for me to read it.


This week's them was Pantry Staples, and what pantry does not have banana's waiting to be used?

One of the things I like to do when trying a new "chef" is to try a few basic recipes, things that we like alot and that are made regularly in my house, such as banana bread. I even made banana bread for one of my choices for Tyler Florence Fridays, the predecessor of this little group.

So this week I made Mark Bittman's banana bread, a suitable choice for the pantry staples theme as I did not need to pick up a single item to make it.


However if you look closely at my pictures, you will see this bread looks more like coconut bread than banana bread. That's because the recipe calls for coconut in the batter (and nuts, which I omitted.)

And it tastes more like coconut bread than banana bread.

Not a bad thing, if you like coconut (hubby and I do), but not a good thing if what you wanted was banana bread. And I wanted banana bread. The kids wanted banana bread. The hubby wanted to know where the butter was so he could butter his slices before adding them into his lunch box.

Not a bad recipe, not a bad result, just not what I wanted. Though it did help me use up several over ripe bananas and for that I'm happy.

8 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

Sorry it wasn't quite what you were expecting. I think I would love this one--I am a big coconut fan and with bananas too it would be perfect for me.

oneilslab said...

Sounds good, but I love coconut! What do you think about upping the banana amount and also adding pineapple - then it would be almost a pina colada bread?

Kim said...

They look like they baked up nice and moist. I do like coconut, but understand what you mean about it not being what you expected. I hope that you enjoy looking through Kitchen Express. There are a lot of really easy recipes in there.

Carla and Michael said...

This bread does look delicious. I too, like coconut, but I suppose you could cut down the amount of coconut and up the amount of banana, (like oneilslab suggested) and it might be more to your liking. I think that's what I'll try when I make this one. I just love it lightly toasted under the broiler with butter for breakfast.

Debbie said...

I have never tried an banana bread recipe or eaten any with coconut in it but I would love to try it. I have to get the recipe from the book. My husband and I love to bake breads together on Saturday night so this would be perfect.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

That is a beautiful looking bread, and as I like coconut more than I like banana I expect that I would love this. I know how disappointing it can be though when a recipe doesn't deliver exactly what you were expecting. I hope you enjoy some of the other recipes.
Sue

Tiff said...

Too bad it didn't come out tasting enough like banana bread, however it looks absolutely divine! I love coconut, I wonder if you could add a little banana flavoring to up the banana taste...

Joanne said...

I know I would love this since I have been on a HUGE coconut kick lately!